A chronograph can tell you a lot about your pressure IMO, but there isnt any way I am going to ignore any of the traditional pressure signs trying to reach a published safe velocity. I am not saying that you are advocating that.
I think the safest approach would be a dual approach with the use of a chronograph along with watching for traditional pressure signs. I do not care if it is like reading tea leaves or not.
I have seen a couple of instances where I was undoubtedly getting very high pressure but could see no signs on the case. A chrono would have helped me realize I was above max. I have also seen instances where I was a good bit below advertised velocities and readily saw pressure signs.
Until pressure testing equipment becomes readily available and cheap I guess we are just going to have to rely on whatever means we have to discern dangerous pressure, including Quickload which I find invaluable.
Originally Posted by Varminator 911
I don't know the answer here. But what about loading to a velocity goal. True you have to know a reasonable and safe velocity to use this approch. But I've gotten the idea that this might be useful. It is the approach that GS Custom uses for their bullets. Kinda seems to me it would only work for known powder/cartridge/barrel length combinations.
I've also gotten the impression that many on this forum consider a load safe if the case life is acceptable and primer pockets stay tight.
Would Quickload be any help here?